Arago: Sesquicentennial Exposition Issue

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Sesquicentennial Exposition Issue

On May 10, 1926, the Post Office Department made available the Sesquicentennial Exposition Issue, a single 2-cent stamp that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The stamp depicts the Liberty Bell, but the model for the illustration was the replica of the bell that hung over the entrance to the Exposition in Philadelphia rather than the original Liberty Bell. Though Exposition organizers had requested a multi-stamp series for the occasion, Postmaster General New approved just one stamp. The Liberty Bell was chosen as the symbol most representative of the nation's independence.


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